The Best Way of Getting to Okavango Delta
Flight into the Okavango
Generally, access into the Okavango Delta and the
private safari camps is by flying in. There are several
airstrips usually situated a few minutes drive and/or boat ride, from the camps. Flights into
these airstrips can be from Maun or Kasane Airports, or linked from other
airstrips in the different areas of Botswana, and are usually not included in
the standard rates, although they may be packaged in with multi-night stays. The
lodges and camps will pick up from the airstrips, sometimes at no extra cost. Flights into
Maun are via Johannesburg and Cape Town, or locally from Gaborone and Kasane.
Charter flights are another option, and inter-camp air transfers are available
when booking with sister camps in Botswana. Flights from Maun Airport into the
delta take no more than 30 to 45 minutes.
Can I Drive There?
Self drivers who plan on camping at one of the campsites in the delta can
easily drive in through one of the Moremi Game Reserve gates. Driving from Maun
to the South Gate of Moremi takes less than 2 hours. The other access point into
Moremi is via the North Gate of the reserve en-route from
Chobe National Park. Self-drivers do require a 4 x 4 vehicle into the delta.
Read more on getting to Moremi.
The northern-most part of the Delta is near the border with Namibia, and
self-drivers can take a turn south in Divundu and make their way down, driving
along the road parallel to Okavango/Kavango River. The Mohembo Border Post is
about 35kms from the town of Divundu. From there, it's a drive down to places
such as Nxamaseri, Sepupa and Guma Lagoon. If staying on the eastern side of the
Kavango, a ferry can take you across the river to access areas such as Seronga.
There are also some smaller airports close to these areas for those who prefer
to fly in. Generally, a boat transfer and a drive will take you to where you
need to go.
The Delta & Chief's Island
The general interior of the delta does not have a road network. Camps in this
area are accessed by air. Each of the camps will have a nearby airstrip, and
depending on the location of the camp and the water levels, a transfer can be a
combination of a drive and boat transfer, or one or the other. Chief's Island
has a few airstrips near the safari camps - up to a 50-minute drive or boat
The Eastern Dry Region
This area is probably the most easily accessible
for the self-drivers and tour groups. The drive from Maun to the South Gate
entrance is just 30kms, and 90kms to the North Gate. Kasane to Maun is about 7
hours by road, via Nata.
South Gate entrance into the Okavango